Alma Classes

Home Learning – Alma Classes

Contact

If parents/carers need to contact teachers in the event of a closure, their email will be the teacher’s name (no dots in between) followed by @linwood.bournemouth.sch.uk.

Badgers Home Learning

Chipmunks Home Learning

Dormice Home Learning

Squirrels Home Learning

Explaining Coronavirus to children

For resources to help explain the coronavirus and to help your child transition back to school, please visit our parent support page.

Printable resources

Twinkl
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents
Twinkl offer great printable resources and a free resource pack for parents.

To support during this period, Twinkl is also offering parents and carers access to all Twinkl resources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge. Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS. You will need to set up an account for this.

Brilliant Publications
https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
Brilliant Publications have a large range of free materials and specially chosen books that have printable sheets, making them easy to assign as work to be undertaken at home. Activities have been designed to inspire and motivate pupils such as play activities, activities to promote speaking and listening, activities relating to the weather, and science and technology activities for the outdoor environment.

The Kindness Calendar
https://www.kindness-school.org/kindness-calendar
The Kindness School Foundation issue a weekly Kindness Calendar, which includes a daily kindness activity. New Kindness Calendars are released every Wednesday for the following week.

Signalong
https://www.signalong.org.uk/free-resources
Free resources to help you with your Signalong learning.

Interactive resources

HelpKidzLearn

HelpKidzLearn offer free resources that can help keep your child entertained and continue learning. This includes 14 day trials, ipad apps and ChooseIt Maker 3 activities.

NEW Home Access Licence
A Home Access licence has been launched to help parents gain access to HelpKidzLearn during the COVID-19 outbreak.

This new license gives parents the opportunity to subscribe to HelpKidzLearn services on a monthly basis, at a reduced, manageable cost. Students will be able to continue learning with familiar resources, whilst parents are in control and have the power to cancel at any time.

100% OFF Discount Voucher for Games & Activities
If you subscribe to Games & Activities using the Games100 voucher code, you will get FREE access; and your 30 day licence will also be extended to 90 days free of charge.

ChooseIt! Maker 3 activities

You can download the free CM3 App which contains some free sample activities. Click here to read more or download.

Here are codes of some activities one of our Alma teachers has made to support their recent topic of colour and shape as well as some other learning topics.

Once you have opened the app, click “redeem code”. Enter any of the codes on the right and then select the folder destination you wish to place the activity.

Colours: DPLLEL
Red things: GATDAY
Pink things: RBWDUD
Shapes: TTGQJE
Animals 1: MLTANG
Animals 2: UMBHQP
Letters 1: FDTYHD
Letters 2: RQJDNU
Numbers: QJFLUC
Fruit: UGTWBE

Useful online resources

Please find below some online learning activities which may be of use to you.
You can follow each of them on Twitter or Facebook and they also have YouTube channels where you can watch videos after they have been shown live.

Bag books – Sensory Stories – Fridays 11am

Dorset Libraries – several Storytimes and Rhymetimes presented to you by Dorset Libraries staff using lots of fun props, instruments and animations.

Dough disco – using fingers to explore playdough with music with Shonette Bason-Wood – Mondays.

Paddy’s Purpose – stories for children on YouTube read by Gemma, a parent of one of our Linwood pupils.

Sensory App House – free sensory apps that can be downloaded onto tablets and ipads.

Sensory ideas from Richard Hurstwood – lots of ideas for children with multi-sensory needs, including suitable sensory equipment and iPad apps.

Sensory Spectacle – making something sensory – Thursdays.

Soundabout – fun interactive music sessions – Tuesday and Saturdays 2-2.45pm.

Story Massage Programme – inclusive story massage for all – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm.

Recommended websites

All subjects

Oak National Academy
https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/specialist/#subjects
The specialist section of Oak National Academy has a range of resources to support families of children with more complex needs. Specialist subjects include Communication & Language, Creative Arts, Independent Living, Numeracy and Therapies.
BBC Bitesize
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Three new lessons every weekday, with videos, activities and more.
Crickweb
http://www.crickweb.co.uk
National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk
Top Marks
https://www.topmarks.co.uk
TTS
https://www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.html
Free home learning activity books available for download.

Maths and English

British Council
https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/songs
Singing songs is a great way to get better at speaking English and they have lots of great songs for you to enjoy.

https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Lesson plans, activities, stories and poems covering different topics and themes.
ICT Games
http://www.ictgames.co.uk
The Maths Factor
https://www.themathsfactor.com
Carol Vorderman’s maths school is currently free while schools are closed (normally £2/week). It’s aimed at 4 to 11-year-olds.
Oxford Owl
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home
Prodigy
https://www.prodigygame.com
White Rose Maths
https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning
letter to parents

Reading/Phonics

Audible
https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Listen to 100s of kids’ audio books. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Stories include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Secret Garden, Winnie the Pooh and Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter.
Letters and Sounds
http://www.letters-and-sounds.com
Free resources to help support the DfES Letters and Sounds phonics programme.
Phonics Play
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk
Phonics Play is free to use during this period. No subscription is needed.
To access their resources, log on with username: march20 password: home
Roy the Zebra
https://www.roythezebra.com
Reading website for emerging readers. The reading games are ideal for supporting the development of reading skills.
Ruth Miskin Training
https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/
Free phonics lesson videos for children.
Sounds Write
https://www.sounds-write.co.uk/
Online course detailed at the bottom of the page: ‘Help your child to read and write’. The course is in two parts – and the first part is free! It’s aimed specifically at parents and carers who are interested in putting their children on the first steps to literacy.
Teach Your Monster to Read
https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com
Covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences.
The computer version is free but it is also available as an app.
The World of David Walliams
https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
Listen to a story read by David Walliams every day at 11am.

Physical Activity & Wellbeing

Calm
https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath#calmkids
Meditation to help those struggling with anxiety and stress at this time.
Cosmic Kids! Yoga and Mindfulness for kids
https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.
GoNoodle
https://www.gonoodle.com/for-families
GoNoodle encourages kids to dance, stretch, run, jump and also unwind! There are many different channels, including:

Blazer FreshGet down, get funky & get schooled with this edutaining hip hop trio! Banana Banana Meatball is a big hit with our kids!

Flow – to help kids relax, think positive, and flow with mindfulness exercises.

You can also check out their free apps: GoNoodle – Kids Videos (for iOS and Android) and GoNoodle Games (for iOS only)
Joe Wicks (The Body Coach)
https://www.youtube.com/thebodycoachtv
Every weekday at 9am, Joe Wicks (aka ‘The Body Coach‘) is live-streaming a 30-minute PE class on his YouTube channel for free. If you can’t tune in then, don’t worry – you can watch them back whenever you want. If your kids are getting restless, this is a great way to get them burning off some energy while they’re stuck indoors, and a fun way to start the day if you’re home-schooling.
Youth Sport Trust
https://www.youthsporttrust.org/free-home-learning-resources-early-years
The Youth Sports Trust has made these PE resources available for free from their website. The Youth Sports Trust have a range of innovative resources to help students enjoy the benefits of PE and Physical Activity both in and outside of school.

Outdoor Learning

Oxford Owl
Oxford Owl – Outdoor Learning Ideas
5 short videos giving ideas on how to take learning outdoors.
RHS Campaign for school gardening
https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/home
Ideas to get potting, identify trees or design a secret garden.
Woodland Trust – Nature Detectives
https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/nature-detectives/
Some simple, nature-based activities you can enjoy together at home or in your garden.

Arts & Crafts

The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com
Fun creative activities and resources for kids.
Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com
Hundreds of craft ideas and free printables.

Miscellaneous

CBeebies
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies
CBeebies helps young children learn whilst they play fun games, watch clips, sing songs and make things with their favourite CBeebies characters and shows. Also, there are several CBeebies apps such as Go Explore which helps kids expand their world, and Storytime for building early reading and comprehension skills.
Chatter Pack
https://chatterpack.net
List of resources for home learning.
Climate Kids
https://climatekids.nasa.gov
Helping children understand about climate change with a range of activities, videos and games.
Crash Course Kids
https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
Crash Course is all about “Science with a side of awesome”, looking at Earth, Habitats, Space, Chemical Reactions, Engineering, and much more. New uploads every Tuesday and Thursday.
DK Find Out!
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk
A general interest site with fun facts, quizzes, galleries, games, videos and activities. Includes a wide variety of topics such as dinosaurs, space, animals, nature & more.
Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
Learn a language for free. Also available as an app.
Family Learning
http://www.familylearning.org.uk
Games and activities designed to help children (and parents) learn while having fun.

Holiday Pirates
https://www.holidaypirates.com – 10 virtual museum tours
Tour the collections of 10 famous museums from around the world all from the comfort of your sofa!

https://www.holidaypirates.com – 13 zoos with live streaming
Watch some really cute animals in 13 zoos and aquariums from around the world offering live streams… yes, there are meerkat cams!
The Kid Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
A collection of over 4,500 free kid-friendly videos covering history and culture but with a special focus on STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art, and maths. It celebrates curiosity, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, kindness, and other essential themes for all ages. Enjoy around 10 to 15 newly-added videos every week.
Minecraft
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/marketplace/education
12 free digital educational lessons available for download.
Robin Hood Multi-Academy Trust
https://www.robinhoodmat.co.uk/learning-projects
Home learning projects.
Skills Builder
https://www.skillsbuilder.org/homelearning
To help develop essential skills such as listening, speaking, team work, problem solving, staying positive, creativity. Each skill is broken down into teachable, measurable steps.
Toy Theatre
https://toytheater.com
A collection of free interactive educational games that can be played on computers, tablets and mobile devices.

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